Myanmar’s military coup – Military takes control over the country for a year


The coup was done following allegations of fraud in elections

Myanmar is currently under the control of the military after a coup was done in early Monday morning. The military has ousted the democratically-elected government under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi and has arrested her along with several other leaders. This came after the country’s generals complained of election fraud in the November 8 elections.

Control for a year

Myanmar military

The military will be staying in power for one year under emergency powers granted to them by the constitution, but the coup is very likely to undo hard-won democratic reforms that the U.S under President Obama’s administration worked to uphold. Only five years ago did Suu Kyi win the political leadership of the country in free elections after the country was subjected to decades of military rule.

This coup is also going to be one of the first major challenges that the new U.S. President Joe Biden and the Secretary of State Antony Blinken will have to tackle. Meanwhile, the U.S. is still reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and an impeachment trial.

Myanmar’s current state

Elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left, in blue) has been overshadowed by the army, led by Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
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As per a statement posted by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, it urged the people in Myanmar to resist the military coup. Suu Kyi had apparently issued the statement pre-emptively before she was detained.

In Burmese, she was saying that the actions of the military is unjustified and that they go against both the constitution and the will of the voters. She also warned that this could return the country to military dictatorship now.

Currently, all forms of communications, such as phones, TV broadcasts and internet in many parts of the country, including the capital had been stopped entirely.

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